"The internet has completely changed how people choose dating partners to find love," says Stephen Whyte, who co-authored the study with Professor Benno Torgler. "Cyber dating permits multiple partner choices in real time, which allows for a significantly greater available choice of potential mates. This increased pool means greater opportunity for selection of partners with lower, similar or even higher levels of certain characteristics."
Whyte's and Torgler's findings will be released in the April issue of the international journal Personality and Individual Differences.
So, it's less about settling and more about the complexity of the internet. Could it be that as we age we realize what we learned in school may not have been as important as we thought? Do we forget what we learned in college and place more value on life experience?
These are all questions to consider in the age of the internet, when choosing a partner is based on a wide variety of factors and hand-picked personality traits before we even go on a first date.